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WITHERING Parts Ways With Vocalist, Bassist

Finnish melodic death/doom metallers WITHERING has parted ways with vocalist Lasse and bassist Ville. "The chemistry in the band has been more or less questionable for quite a while now," reads a posting on the group's web site. "The decision was made in mutual understanding and WITHERING will continue as a three-piece act for now. ...

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POISONBLACK: Illness Forces Finnish Gig Cancellations

POISONBLACK, the Finnish band featuring Ville Laihiala (vocals, guitar; formerly of SENTENCED), has been forced to cancel gigs between December 19 and December 21 due to an illness in the group. The group's next gig will take place on December 31 at Teatria in Oulu, Finland. The affected dates are as follows: Dec. 19 - ...

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ROB HALFORD, ROBERT PLANT, BON SCOTT, OZZY Are Among 'Heavy Metal's All-Time Top 100 Vocalists'

Rob Halford (JUDAS PRIEST), Robert Plant (LED ZEPPELIN) and Ronnie James Dio (DIO, BLACK SABBATH, RAINBOW) are among the singers who appear on Hit Parader magazine's (cover) list of "Heavy Metal's All-Time Top 100 Vocalists" (published in the November 2006 issue). Commented the editors of the magazine: "Assembling our list certainly presented a ...

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SEARING MEADOW Seeks New Label Home

Finnish melodic death metal band SEARING MEADOW will enter Noisecamp Studios in February 2007 to record 2-3 new songs which will be used to procure a new record deal. "Ville [Pekkala; guitar] and Mika [Ikonen; vocals] have written some 8-9 new songs," guitarist Sasu Haapanen writes. "I've heard three of them and have to say ...

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NEGATIVE Films 'Sinners Night/Misty Morning' Video

Finnish hard/glam rock band NEGATIVE recently shot a video for its new single, "Sinners Night/Misty Morning", which comes out in Finland on November 29. The title cut comes off the band's third album, "Anorectic", which entered the Finnish chart at position No. 1. The group previously topped the Finnish chart with its last single, "Planet ...

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SWALLOW THE SUN Films 'Don't Fall Asleep' Video

Finnish melodic death/doom metallers SWALLOW THE SUN shot a video for the song "Don't Fall Asleep" last weekend. It was produced by Medialouhos and directed by Antti Hyyrynen. The track comes off the group's forthcoming third album, "Hope", due on February 7, 2007 via Spinefarm Records. Audio samples of three songs from the CD — ...

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NEGATIVE: New Single Due This Month

Finnish hard/glam rock band NEGATIVE will release its new single, "Sinners Night/Misty Morning", in Finland on November 29. The title cut comes off the band's third album, "Anorectic", which entered the Finnish chart at position No. 1. The group previously topped the Finnish chart with its last single, "Planet of the Sun", which came out ...

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POISONBLACK Explains Finnish/Swedish Concert Cancellations

POISONBLACK's management has released the following statement to BLABBERMOUTH.NET regarding the cancellation of the Finnish and Swedish shows on the group's tour with LACUNA COIL: "Due to [an] infection of Ville's [Laihiala, ex-SENTENCED] lungs the band was forced to cancel yesterday's [Oct. 26] show [in Tampere, Finland] and [tomorrow's in Stockholm] as well. Gothenburg show ...

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POISONBLACK: Finnish, Swedish Dates Cancelled

POISONBLACK — the Finnish band featuring Ville Laihiala (vocals, guitar, formerly of SENTENCED), Janne Markus (guitar), Marco Sneck (keyboards), Antti Remes (bass) and Tarmo Kanerva (drums) — has been forced to cancel three dates on its current European tour with LACUNA COIL. The group's next performance is scheduled for October 30 in Berlin, Germany. No ...

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POISONBLACK Frontman Comments On New Album And Demise Of SENTENCED

POISONBLACK/ex-SENTENCED frontman Ville Laihiala recently spoke to Rockdetector.com's Welsh interviewer Anthony Morgan. Topics of discussion included the latest POISONBLACK album "Lust Stained Despair", new single "Rush", the reasons for the demise of SENTENCED and its toll on the lead singer, and the long-awaited SENTENCED farewell DVD. Several excerpts from the interview follow: Rockdetector: ...

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THE 69 EYES To Support CRADLE OF FILTH On North American Tour

Finnish goth metallers THE 69 EYES have been confirmed as direct support for CRADLE OF FILTH on a two-month North American tour beginning in January 2007. Exact cities and dates will be announced soon. As previously reported, THE 69 EYES are currently in the studio recording their new album, "Angels", with producers Hiili Hiilesmaa and ...

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THE 69 EYES: New Single Posted Online

Finnish goth metallers THE 69 EYES are currently in the studio recording their new album, "Angels", with producers Hiili Hiilesmaa and Johnny Lee Michaels — the same team that was responsible for the band's last CD, "Devils". The album will be out through Virgin/EMI in the early 2007. The first single from "Angels", entitled "Perfect ...

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New POISONBLACK Video To Make Its 'Headbanger's Ball' Debut This Weekend

POISONBLACK's captivating new video for "Rush" will make its "Headbanger's Ball" debut this Saturday at 10:00 p.m. EST/7:00 p.m. PST. The track is from the group's new acclaimed album, "Lust Stained Despair", and features ex-SENTENCED frontman Ville Laihiala on lead vocals and guitars. This offering is a voracious hard rock assault laden with mesmerizing gothic ...

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H.I.M.'s 'Dark Light' Certified Gold In The U.S.

According to an article in yesterday's (Sept. 28) edition of the Finnish newspaper Iltalehti, H.I.M.'s latest album, "Dark Light" (2005), has been officially certified gold in the U.S. for sales in excess of 500,000 copies. The single "Wings of a Butterfly" peaked at No. 19 on Billboard's Modern Rock chart and No. 20 ...

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H.I.M.: North American Tour Cancelled

Finnish rock quintet H.I.M. has cancelled its previously announced fall tour in favor of entering the recording studio to begin work on a new album. The band has been steadily writing material for their forthcoming album and is eager to start preliminary rehearsals for the new CD. Singer Ville Valo explains the band's decision: "Our ...

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H.I.M., CATHEDRAL, ANATHEMA, AMORPHIS Confirmed For Finland's HELLDONE FESTIVAL

H.I.M., CATHEDRAL, ANATHEMA, DIABLO, AMORPHIS, KATATONIA, BLAKE, 45 DEGREE WOMAN and SARA have been confirmed for the Helldone Festival 2006, set to take place December 29-31 at the Tavastia and Semifinal clubs in Helsinki, Finland. The running order is shaping up as follows: Friday, December 29: CATHEDRAL DIABLO BLAKE Saturday, December 30: AMORPHIS ANATHEMA 45 ...

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DEATHBOUND Completes Work On New Album

Finnish grinding death metal act DEATHBOUND, featuring members of THE DUSKFALL and ROTTEN SOUND, has finished recording and mixing its third album, entitled "We Deserve Much Worse", at Biotech Audio Solutions. The cover artwork for the follow-up to 2005's "Doomsday Comfort" is being handled by Ville Anger. An early 2007 release via Dynamic Arts is ...

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CRADLE OF FILTH Announces U.K. Dates

British extreme metallers CRADLE OF FILTH have announced three U.K. dates in support of their new album, "Thornography", which will be released on October 16. They are as follows: Dec. 17 - Manchester, UK @ Academy Dec. 18 - Birmingham, UK @ Academy Dec. 19 - London, UK @ Astoria Support at the shows will ...

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DEATHBOUND Begins Recording New Album

Finnish/Swedish grinding death metal act DEATHBOUND, featuring members of ...AND OCEANS, THE DUSKFALL and ROTTEN SOUND, entered the studio on September 11 to begin recording its third album, tentatively titled "We Deserve Much Worse". The cover artwork for the follow-up to 2005's "Doomsday Comfort" is being handled by Ville Anger. An early 2007 release via ...

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